Venezuelan History

Venezuela: Caracas

Historical Events

Historic Expedition

1498-08-01 Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela)

  • 1498-08-14 Christopher Columbus landed at the mouth of the Orinoco River in what is now Venezuela
  • 1558-10-09 Mérida is founded in Venezuela
  • 1567-07-25 Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela
  • 1810-04-19 Venezuela achieves home rule: Vicente Emparan, Governor of the Captaincy General is removed by the people of Caracas and a Junta is installed.

Venezuela Declares Independence

1811-07-05 Venezuelan Declaration of Independence: 7 provinces declare themselves independent of Spain

  • 1812-03-03 US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)

Massive Earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela

1812-03-26 Earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela and kills an estimated 15,000–20,000 people

Historic Event

1813-05-23 South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator")

  • 1831-11-17 Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia
  • 1855-02-04 Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
  • 1875-05-16 Eathquake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000
  • 1902-12-07 Britain and Germany issue an ultimatum to Venezuela demanding that President Cipriano Castro pay claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899

Historic Event

1902-12-13 British and German ships bombard Venezuelan forts after President Castro refuses to comply with ultimatum demanding damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899; Castro asks US President Theodore Roosevelt to arbitrate

  • 1904-02-22 The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy
  • 1906-12-20 Venezuela (under vice-pres Gomez) attacks Dutch fleet
  • 1908-06-23 The USA suspends diplomatic relationships with Venezuela after the refusal of Cipriano Castro's government to compensate Americans for injuries suffered in the uprising of 1899
  • 1908-11-07 Dutch capture Venezuelan navy
  • 1920-12-29 The Netherlands and Venezuela recover diplomatic relations
  • 1929-06-08 Venezuelan rebel Rafael Urbina overthrows Fort Amsterdam, Curacao kidnap governor Fruytier
  • 1929-06-09 Venezuelan rebel Urbina lets Dutch/Curacaose hostages free
  • 1939-11-14 Oil refinery fire kills 500 & destroys Lagunillas, Venezuela
  • 1945-02-16 Venezuela declares war on Nazi Germany
  • 1950-11-13 General Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, President of Venezuela, is assassinated in Caracas
  • 1952-12-03 Marcos Perez Jiménez elected president of Venezuela
  • 1956-06-20 Venezuelan Super Constellation crashes in NJ, 74 killed
  • 1958-01-23 Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power

Nixon Attacked in Venezuela

1958-05-13 The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon's staff are injured

  • 1958-12-07 Romulo Betancourt elected President of Venezuela
  • 1960-09-14 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela form the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • 1961-01-23 Venezuela adopts constitution
  • 1967-07-29 Moderate quake (6.5) strikes Caracas Venezuela causing severe damage
  • 1968-12-01 Gonzalo Barrios, Venezuelan presidential candidate
  • 1971-07-31 Venezuela's Hydrocarbons Reversion Law mandates gradual transfer to government ownership of all "unexploited concession areas" by 1974 and "all their residual assets" by 1983

Boxing Title Fight

1974-03-26 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

  • 1975-10-28 Venezuela and foreign oil companies agree on nationalization as of January 1, 1976
  • 1976-01-01 Venezuela nationalizes oil fields
  • 1979-07-19 Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe
  • 1981-07-20 Irene Sáez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe
  • 1981-07-26 2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • 1981-11-12 Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World
  • 1986-07-21 Bárbara Palacios Teyde, 22, of Venezuela, crowned 35th Miss Universe
  • 1988-12-06 Carlos Andres Perez re-elected president of Venezuela
  • 1989-02-27 Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo
  • 1993-04-02 Venezuelan DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10
  • 1993-05-21 Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired
  • 1993-08-07 Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed
  • 1993-08-08 Tropical storm Bret ravages Venezuela, about 100 killed
  • 1993-08-31 Venezuela president Carlos Perez flees
  • 1993-12-05 Rafael Caldera elected President of Venezuela
  • 1994-01-03 100s killed in Venezuela in prison revolt
  • 1995-07-06 Venezuelan Congress approves the country's first investment law allowing for foreign participation in oil exploration and production
  • 1995-11-18 Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano (19), of Venezuela, crowned 45th Miss World
  • 1996-05-17 Venezuelan Alicia Machado, aged 18, crowned 45th Miss Universe
  • 1996-06-20 The Venezuelan Congress approves deals which allow foreign oil companies to explore and produce oil in Venezuela for the first time since the country's 1975 nationalization of the oil industry
  • 1996-08-21 In Venezuela, a subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA), Corpoven, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.S.-based ARCO
  • 1998-02-26 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)

Election of Interest

1998-12-06 Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela

  • 1999-05-24 Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.
  • 1999-12-14 Flash floods in Venezuela after torrential rainfall results in the deaths of thousands of people and causes a total collapse in the state's infrastructure
  • 2001-01-25 A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24
  • 2002-04-11 An attempted coup d'état takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez.
  • 2002-04-12 Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.
  • 2002-04-13 Pedro Carmona, interim president of Venezuela, resigns one day after taking office
  • 2002-04-14 Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military
  • 2005-08-16 West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.
  • 2007-11-10 ¿Por qué no te callas? ("Why don't you shut up?")incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez.
  • 2009-11-22 President Hugo Chávez states that Venezuela is in recession as the economy contracted 4.5% in the third quarter
  • 2011-02-23 Venezuela's economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, technically leaving the recession after six quarters, it is reported today
  • 2012-08-20 20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 2012-08-25 39 people are killed and 80 are injured after a gas leak in North Venezuelan refinery
  • 2012-09-30 Two opposition Venezuelan politicians are shot dead a week before the presidential election
  • 2012-10-08 Hugo Chávez is re-elected as president of Venezuela for a fourth term
  • 2013-01-25 50 people are killed and 90 are injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Historic Event

2013-03-05 Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro assumes the presidency after the death of Hugo Chávez

  • 2013-04-15 Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela
  • 2013-11-09 María Gabriela Isler, a 25yo Venezuelan, is crowned Miss Universe 2013
  • 2014-10-16 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council

Historic Event

2015-03-09 US President Barack Obama signs an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat to the US

  • 2015-11-24 Venezuelan opposition leader Luis Díaz is shot and killed days before the country's general election
  • 2016-02-10 Venezuelan government orders more than 100 malls to close early to save electricity, due to drought caused by El Niño
  • 2016-12-04 Venezuela issues new higher-value notes after currency falls 60% in 1 months against the US dollar
  • 2016-12-23 United Nations Security Council adopts a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. Resolution 2334 was moved by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela and passed 14-0 with a US abstention.
  • 2017-03-30 Venezuela Supreme Court takes over legislative powers of the National Assembly, opposition calls it a coup
  • 2017-04-08 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government
  • 2017-06-26 Helicopter with rogue police pilot attacks Venezuelan Supreme Court in Caracas
  • 2017-07-30 Venezuelan voting for a new assembly disrupted by violent protests, at least 3 people killed
  • 2017-08-01 Two Venezuelan opposition leaders, Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma re-arrested, revoking their house arrest
  • 2018-01-15 Operation in El Junquito, Venezuela, to capture terrorist group including Oscar Pérez, accused of mounting a coup, ends in 4 deaths
  • 2018-02-20 Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis
  • 2018-03-28 At least 68 people die and scores are injured in a fire caused by a prison riot in the cells at the Carabobo state police headquarters in Valencia, Venezuela
  • 2018-05-20 President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela wins a second term in an election marked by boycotts and accusations of vote rigging
  • 2018-07-23 International Monetary Fund predicts inflation of 1 million percent in Venezuela by end of 2018
  • 2018-08-04 President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela survives an assassination attempt by drone, live on TV
  • 2018-08-14 2.3 million estimated Venezuelans have left crisis-hit Venezuela since 2015 according to the UN
  • 2018-08-20 Venezuela issues new currency the "Bolivar Soberano" in attempt to stop runaway hyperinflation
  • 2018-09-29 NY Yankees Venezuelan 2nd baseman Gleyber Torres smashes a 2-run homer in 8-5 win v Boston at Fenway Park; Yankees MLB record 265th homer of the season; Giancarlo Stanton adds #266 in 7th

Famous Birthdays

  • 1750-03-28 Francisco de Miranda, Venezuelan freedom fighter, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1816)
  • 1760-04-12 Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas (d. 1797)
  • 1775-08-02 Jose Angel Lamas, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1814)
  • 1778-12-26 Juan Lovera, Venezuela, artist
  • 1781-11-29 Andres Bello, Venezuela poet, diplomat and scholar (Silvas Americanas), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1865)

Simón Bolívar

1783-07-24 Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan political and military leader (freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule), born in Caracas (d. 1830)

  • 1790-06-13 José Antonio Páez, President of Venezuela (1830-35), born in Curpa, Portuguesa, Venezuela (d. 1873)
  • 1800-07-19 Juan José Flores, General and first President of Ecuador (1839-1845), born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (d. 1864)
  • 1828-02-29 Antonio Guzmán Blanco, Military leader, diplomat and politician, President of Venezuela (1870-77, 1879-84, 1886-87), born in Caracas, Great Colombia (d. 1899)
  • 1853-12-22 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1917)
  • 1882-05-04 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (d. 1968)
  • 1884-08-02 Rómulo Gallegos, 48th President of Venezuela (1948), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • 1889-10-05 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (Memorias de Mamá Blanca), born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • 1896-08-02 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)
  • 1898-07-19 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1965)
  • 1906-05-16 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • 1908-02-22 Romulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (1945-48, 1958-64)
  • 1910-12-07 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2011)
  • 1913-08-23 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela (d. 1993)
  • 1914-04-25 Marcos Pérez Jiménez, President of Venezuela (1953-58), born in Michelena, Venezuela (d. 2001)
  • 1915-05-03 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, and composer, born in Cúa, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1984)
  • 1920-08-22 Pierre A. Lauffer, Antillian poet (Patria), born in Curacao, Venezuela (d. 1981)
  • 1920-10-29 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American immunologist (Nobel 1980 - discovery of genes that regulate immune responses and of the role that some of these genes play in autoimmune diseases), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • 1921-07-17 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), born in Newberry, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1922-10-27 Carlos Andrés Pérez, President of Venezuela (1974-79, 89-94), born in Rubio, Venezuela (d. 2010)
  • 1924-02-18 Humberto Fernández Morán, Venezuelan scientist (d. 1999)
  • 1925-06-01 Dilia Díaz Cisneros, Venezuelan teacher
  • 1928-01-23 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1928-03-12 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor, born in Valencia, Venezuela (d. 2007)
  • 1929-02-06 Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer, born in Boconó, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • 1930-05-22 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1933-08-01 Jesse Corti, Venezuelan-American voice actor and comedian, born in Venezuela
  • 1934-04-29 Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan Baseball HOF shortstop (13 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1966 Chicago White Sox; AL Rookie of the Year 1956; 9 × Gold Glove Award), born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • 1938-06-14 Gustavo Ávila, Venezuelan jockey (Kentucky Derby/Preakness 1971), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1939-07-31 Vic Davalillo, Venezuelan baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1965; Gold Glove 1964), born in Cabimas, Venezuela
  • 1941-09-14 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan jazz drummer, composer and arranger, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2020)
  • 1943-01-14 Jose Luis Rodriguez, Venezuelan singer (Dueno De Nada), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1943-01-26 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (hit 7-for-7 in single game without making an out 1970, Detroit Tigers), born in Coro, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1943-07-11 Oscar D'León, Venezuelan musician
  • 1945-04-13 Carlos Giménez, Argentine-Venezuelan stage director and arts promoter (co-founder of International Theater Festival of Caracas, 1971), born in Rosario , Argentina (d. 1993)
  • 1948-06-17 Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds), born in Ocumare de la Costa, Venezuela
  • 1949-10-12 Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, Venezuelan international terrorist, born in Michelena, Venezuela
  • 1950-12-25 Manny Trillo, Venezuelan baseball second baseman (4 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1974, 80; 3 × Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Caripito, Venezuela
  • 1953-03-23 Bo Diaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
  • 1954-01-23 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas, Venezuela

Hugo Chávez

1954-07-28 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (1998-2013), born in Sabaneta, Barinas State, Venezuela (d. 2013)

  • 1955-07-02 Andrew Divoff, Venezuelan actor
  • 1961-06-18 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • 1961-12-13 Irene Sáez, Venezuelan beauty queen crowned Miss Universe 1981 and politician, born in Chacao, Miranda, Venezuela
  • 1962-02-19 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Nicolás Maduro

1962-11-23 Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (2013-present), born in Caracas, Venezuela

  • 1964-01-06 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1964-01-20 Ozzie Guillén, Venezuelan baseball shortstop and manager (3-time MLB All Star; Chicago White Sox), born in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela
  • 1965-05-13 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (d. 2006)
  • 1966-01-03 Luis Sojo, Venezuelan MLB infielder (World Series 1996, 1998–2000; Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Petare, Edo Miranda, Venezuela
  • 1966-01-06 Fernando Carrillo, Venezuelan actor, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1966-12-14 Carl Herrera, Trinidadian-born Venezuelan NBA forward, 1991-99 (San Antonio Spurs, and 2 other teams), born in Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1967-04-24 Omar Vizquel, Venezuelan shortstop (Seattle Mariners, Indians), born in Caracas
  • 1967-10-08 Ivonne Reyes, Venezuelan actress, born in Valencia, Venezuela
  • 1967-10-15 Carlos García, Venezuelan baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Táchira State, Venezuela
  • 1968-03-04 Giovanni Carrara, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1968-05-04 Eddie Pérez, Venezuelan-American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela
  • 1969-06-04 Robert Perez, Bolivar Venezuela, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1969-12-09 Ramon Garcia, Venezuelan pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Guanare, Venezuela
  • 1970-02-24 Wilson Alvarez, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1970-05-10 Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist, born in Caracas, Venezuala
  • 1970-09-09 Natalia Streignard, Venezuelan actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1971-01-11 Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1971-04-04 Felipe Lira, Venezuelan MLB baseball pitcher, 1995-2001 (Detroit Tigers, and 2 other teams), born in Santa Teresa, Venezuela
  • 1971-05-18 Rich Garces, Venezuelan MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Maracay Venezuela
  • 1971-05-31 Troy Malave, Venezuelan outfielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Cumana, Venezuela
  • 1971-08-29 Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1973-08-11 Edgardo Alfonzo, Sta Teresa Venezuela, infielder (NY Mets)
  • 1973-12-29 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Lara, Venezuela
  • 1974-01-28 Magglio Ordóñez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1974-02-15 Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1974-04-15 Marena Bencomo, Miss Universe-2nd place (Venezuela, 1997)
  • 1974-05-04 Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Anaco, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
  • 1974-05-17 Wiki González, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1974-05-24 Maria Alejandra Vento, Venezuelan tennis star (1995 Futures-Braz), born in Caracas
  • 1974-08-16 Roger Cedeno, Venezuelan outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Valencia, Venezuela
  • 1975-04-29 Rafael Betancourt, Venezuelan MLB player, born in Cumaná, Venezuela
  • 1975-08-06 Victor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1975-09-30 Carlos Guillén, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (3-time MLB All Star; Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers), born in Maracay, Aragua
  • 1976-03-09 Thor Halvorssen, Venezuelan human rights activist, born in Venezuela
  • 1976-05-20 Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1976-09-09 Juan A. Baptista, Venezuelan actor, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1976-12-06 Alicia Machado, Venezuelan-American actress, winner of Miss Universe 1996 and Donald Trump critic, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1977-02-08 Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
  • 1977-10-12 Javier Toyo, Venezuelan football goalkeeper (Venezuela national football team), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1978-04-29 Tony Armas, Jr., Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1978-09-06 Alex Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
  • 1978-12-23 Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
  • 1979-01-07 Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress & model, born in San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
  • 1979-01-23 Juan Rincón, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • 1979-03-13 Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (4 × MLB All-Star; AL Cy Young 2004, 06; Triple Crown 2006; Gold Glove 2007; no-hitter 2012; Minnesota Twins, NY Mets), born in Tovar Municipality, Mérida, Venezuela
  • 1980-02-10 César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 1980-04-22 Carlos Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1981-06-01 Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2004, 06, 08; NL wins leader 2006; no-hitter 2008), born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
  • 1982-01-07 Francisco Rodriguez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-06-10 Spanish singer Bertin Osborne (51) weds Venezuelan model Fabiola Martinez in Seville, Spain

Famous Deaths

  • 1797-03-01 Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer, dies at 36
  • 1814-12-09 Jose Angel Lamas, Venezuelan composer, dies at 39
  • 1815-01-31 José Félix Ribas, Venezuelan independentist leader (b. 1775)
  • 1816-07-14 Francisco de Miranda, Venezuela freedom fighter, dies at 66
  • 1865-10-16 Andrés Bello, Venezuelan poet, lawmaker, philosopher, and sociologist (b. 1781)
  • 1873-05-06 José Antonio Páez, President of Venezuela (1830-35), dies at 82
  • 1919-06-29 José Gregorio Hernández Venezuelan physician (b. 1864)
  • 1923-06-29 Juan C. Gomez, Venezuelan General, 1st Vice-President and brother of Dictator Juan Vicente Gomez, assassinated in bed
  • 1935-12-18 Juan Vicente Gomez, Venezuelan general and dictator of Venezuela (1908-35), dies at 78
  • 1936-04-23 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (Memorias de Mamá Blanca), dies at 46
  • 1965-01-01 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, dies at 66
  • 1969-04-05 Rómulo Gallegos, 48th President of Venezuela (1948), dies at 84
  • 1981-09-28 Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)
  • 1984-03-16 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1993-10-22 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, dies at 80
  • 2001-02-26 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • 2001-09-20 Marcos Pérez Jiménez, President of Venezuela (1953-58), dies at 87
  • 2004-08-16 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), dies at 83
  • 2005-01-14 Jesús-Rafael Soto, Venezuelan kinetic artist (b. 1923)
  • 2005-01-22 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (hit 7-for-7 in single game without making an out 1970, Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • 2005-02-12 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • 2005-05-26 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2006-07-22 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (b. 1965)
  • 2007-09-15 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor, dies at 79
  • 2009-12-24 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • 2010-12-25 Carlos Andrés Pérez, President of Venezuela (1974-79, 89-94), dies at 88
  • 2011-10-21 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, dies at 100

Hugo Chávez

2013-03-05 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, dies from respiratory failure at 58

  • 2016-04-30 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, dies at 85